British scientists may be allowed to conduct experiments in space
The UK government is mulling a plan to allow scientists to fly into space to conduct zero gravity experiments and find cures for deadly superbugs like MRSA and Salmonella.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said in a statement that the Spaceflight Bill would enable scientists to carry out experiments in zero gravity in a bid to develop vaccines and antibiotics to fight back certain deadly superbugs.
The bill aims to allow British scientists to use commercial flights from the nation’s space ports for experiments in Earth’s orbit starting in 2020.
Llanbedr in Snowdonia, Newquay in Cornwall; Stornaway in the Western Isles; and three Scottish sites, viz. Glasgow Prestwick and Campbeltown, have been shortlisted as potential space port sites.
The bill also proposes for establishment of more space ports for the effort, if requirement occurs.
Science minister Jo Johnson said the effort would “cement” Britain’s position as a world leader in a market that would worth up to £25 billion over the next two decades.
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